Seth Gordon eyes 'King Dork'

Director in talks to helm novel adaptation

Seth Gordon is a dork.

The "Four Christmases" director is in negotiations to direct "King Dork," the high school dramedy based on Frank Portman's young-adult novel.

Will Ferrell and Adam McKay's Gary Sanchez Prods., which is producing "Dork," had set up the project at Par Vantage. But with the dissolution of that unit, the project has migrated to Sony.

Published in 2006, "Dork" centers on teenage misfit Tom Henderson, a student who is tormented by all sorts of cliques and seeks refuge in music. He also attempts to uncover the truth about his late father, who died under hazy circumstances while combing through some books.

Upon publication, the novel drew accolades for its portrayal of a highly self-aware high school student and its frank discussion of sex, drugs and other tricky topics.

The project would represent yet another evolution of Gordon's emerging career.

The WME-repped helmer began his career as a cinematographer but caught the attention of Hollywood execs in 2007 with "The King of Kong," a documentary about a group of colorful characters trying to break a video game record.

Gordon is also signed on to direct "Suicide Squad," about a heist gone wrong at the Kentucky Derby; the male-centric comedy "Mr. Romance"; and a feature adaptation of "Kong" that has been in development at New Line.

Ferrell and McKay have been beefing up their production label. The shingle is behind upcoming comedy "The Goods" and the remake of the 1987 thriller "Stepfather."